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Child hit by SUV while crossing Tarentum street

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Eureka Fire-Rescue personnel attend to a child after he was struck by a vehicle in the 500 block of E. Tenth Avenue in Tarentum on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

A boy was struck by an SUV on Tuesday afternoon along the 500 block of busy East 10th Avenue in Tarentum.

Police said the unidentified boy, believed to be about 12, was watching traffic in one direction about 3:40 p.m. when he stepped onto the road near Garfield Street.

The boy was alert and able to tell police his mother's name and phone number, Patrolman Kurt Jendrejewski said. The boy was treated for injuries at the scene before being taken to a hospital for further treatment.

Jendrejewski said the boy was struck by a silver Jeep driven toward Brackenridge.

The officer said it's unlikely that charges would be filed against the driver because the boy was seen stepping into traffic without looking both ways. A number of people witnessed the accident and were interviewed by police, Jendrejewski said.

Tessa Leich, of East 11th Avenue, was waiting for her son to get off a school bus when the accident occurred.

Leich said she helped the injured boy's mother with care of an infant until a firefighter took over. The baby girl was taken home with friends or relatives summoned by police.

“This is very upsetting,” Leich said. “There's a safety zone at the schools almost a mile up the road in Natrona Heights. We need a safety zone for these little kids, too.”

Grandview Upper Elementary School, which comprises grades 3 through 5, is nearby.

The accident area has a 30-mph speed limit, but parents said many drivers seem to ignore the signs.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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